Victoria was a member of the Swedish National Ski Team, ranking as high as
fourth among her Olympic teammates in the Super-Giant Slalom, but a shoulder
injury ended her skiing career at 16. As a sports person, Victoria Silvstedt was
a bit of a tom-boy, who supposedly had never worn high heels, but her mother and
sister secretly entered her into the 1993 Miss Sweden Beauty Pageant.
Victoria was the first runner-up in Miss Sweden, and went on to represent Sweden in the Miss World contest in South Africa, reaching the final eight contestants. Resultantly, Victoria was signed by a Parisian modeling agent and began a career in high fashion, working for various companies including Chanel, Christian Dior, Loris Azzaro, Givenchy, Valentino, and Giorgio Armani.
After being approached directly by Hugh Hefner, Victoria Silvstedt appeared as a centerfold in the December 1996 issue of Playboy and was subsequently named Playmate of the Year in 1997. As a European, not being aware of the wider distribution and publicity effect of Playboy, she suddenly broke into the North American market. Victoria Silvstedt has been featured in almost countless magazines, including GQ, MAXIM, FHM, and GEAR.
In 2001 Silvstedt recorded an album called Runaway girl, published by EMI, which went gold in Europe, with the hit singles, Hello, Hey and Rocksteady love.
Victoria Silvstedt became a spokesmodel for Guess? Jeans, following in the footsteps of former Guess models, Eva Herzigova, Anna Nicole Smith, and Shana Zadrick. Silvstedt made appearances in the motion pictures: Boat Trip, The Independent, BASEketball, and Out Cold. She was already well recognized in the UK when she took on a new career hosting, The Late Show on Virgin Radio, and as a guest host on the TV show Eurotrash. She has been in the American TV shows Melrose Place, and MTV’s The Real World.
Victoria Silvstedt also has worked a lot for the Italian TV hosting and attending to several tv shows.
Like many Glamour models and Playmates before her, Victoria Silvstedt is trying to branch out into acting and business. Having taken some guest appearances in previous Hollywood films playing up to her Swedish-Blonde "Inga" character, she is now acting in lead roles in European films mainly based in Italy, and taking to the stage in North America. In February 2006 she launched her own lingerie range during London Fashion Week.
In August, 2006, Victoria Silvstedt is set to be the hostess in the French version of the Wheel of Fortune on TF1, alongside Christophe Dechavanne.
Victoria married WCBS-TV Sports telecaster, Chris Wragge, in June 2000 at Tuxedo Park Country Club in Tuxedo, New York. The couple currently live on Manhattan in New York City.
In June 2006, Victoria and Chris threatened legal action against Sky News for slander, after pictures of her in Sardinia went onto the Internet. Sky News had to remove the page.
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